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Abu Sa`id Khudri reported: We were going with Messenger of Allah ﷺ. As we reached the place (known as) Arj there met (us) a poet who had been reciting poetry. Thereupon Allah's Messanger ﷺ said: Catch the satan or detain the satan, for filling the belly of a man with pus is betting than stuffing his brain with poetry.
حَدَّثَنَا قُتَيْبَةُ بْنُ سَعِيدٍ الثَّقَفِيُّ، حَدَّثَنَا لَيْثٌ، عَنِ ابْنِ الْهَادِ، عَنْ يُحَنِّسَ، مَوْلَى مُصْعَبِ
بْنِ الزُّبَيْرِ عَنْ أَبِي سَعِيدٍ الْخُدْرِيِّ، قَالَ بَيْنَا نَحْنُ نَسِيرُ مَعَ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم
بِالْعَرْجِ إِذْ عَرَضَ شَاعِرٌ يُنْشِدُ فَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏
"‏ خُذُوا الشَّيْطَانَ
أَوْ أَمْسِكُوا الشَّيْطَانَ لأَنْ يَمْتَلِئَ جَوْفُ رَجُلٍ قَيْحًا خَيْرٌ لَهُ مِنْ أَنْ يَمْتَلِئَ شِعْرًا ‏"‏ ‏.‏

Classification

Sahih (Authentic)

References

• Sahih Muslim, 2259
• Sahih Muslim, Vol. 5, Book of Poetry, Hadith 5611
• Sahih Muslim, Book of Poetry, Hadith 5611